Eleanor Gwyn (1651-1687) was a English comedy actress from 1665, formerly an orange-seller at Drury Lane Theatre, London.
The poet Dryden wrote parts for her, and from 1669 she was the mistress of Charles II.
The elder of her two sons by Charles II was created Duke of St. Albans in 1684. The king's last wish was "Let not poor Nellie starve".
Why is Nell Gwyn famous?
Nell Gwyn was a long-time mistress of King Charles II of England.
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